The House of Dreams by Kate Lord Brown. Published by St. Martins

In 1940, a group of artists and intellectuals, refugees from the nightmares of war time France, take shelter in the Villa Air Bel, just outside Marseille.  While an American journalist and others at the American Relief Center work to find a way to get the artists out of France and out of harm’s way, other forces are at work. And things will change for young Gabriel Lambert forever. In 2000, journalist Sophie Cass is looking to make a name for herself. She thinks she’s found it through a family connection to famous painter, Gabriel Lambert. Gabriel has a remarkable story, one he’s never told, one about the real life Cassablanca. This book had me from the introduction,with a quote from my favorite poet, Rupert Brooke. It’s a beautifully imagined story full of heartbreak and impossible choices

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